Taught course

Public Administration

Queen Mary, University of London · Business Management

Entry requirements

A good upper second class honours degree or equivalent in any discipline, plus a minimum of three years’ work experience, which may be waived in the case of exceptionally well-qualified candidates. IELTS 7.0 (writing 6.0) or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme aims to prepare you for management positions in the national or local public sectors, health, policing, international public organisations, or in voluntary or private sector companies that provide public services for public authorities. It emphasises good analytical and problem-solving skills as well as other practical skills, such as political astuteness, partnership working, ethical practice and communication.
This programme is designed to meet the learning and management-development needs of those involved in delivering public services around the world. It provides you with both a deep understanding of the dynamics of public service change, as well as the analytical tools and skills to plan and manage in the sector.
The programme stresses the ways in which academic learning can be applied. Modules are taught with reference to realworld case studies. A series of workshops running throughout the year focuses on the development of your management and social skills. Your tutors will bring a wide range of public service experience to the programme from their work as consultants to government agencies, involvement in think tanks and as public service managers. The programme also draws on an advisory group of former and current senior public managers and elected representatives.
Why study with us?
  • This is a strongly international programme, showing you how to manage within highly political contexts.
  • This programme is based in a business school rather than a department of politics or public policy so is more management-centred and has close links to practice.
  • This programme is interdisciplinary – involving other schools at QMUL (such as the Global Public Health team in Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry).
  • The course content is relevant and applicable to many different parts of the public sector.
  • This programme combines academic rigour with an emphasis on Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and prepares you for employment and career progression.
Core module
  • Dissertation

Compulsory modules
  • Economics of the Public Sector
  • Organisational Behaviour in the Public Services
  • Public Financial Management and Accounting
  • Public Policy and Governance
  • Research Methods for Business and Management
Elective modules
  • Economics of Development
  • Globalisation and Contemporary Medical Ethics
  • Global Governance and International Organisations
  • Globalisation and Health Systems
  • Human Resource Management in the Public Services
  • Human Rights and Public Health
  • Leadership and Strategy in the Public Sector
  • Migration, Culture and Advanced Social Determinants of Health
  • Public Health, International Law and Governance

Continuous Professional Development
  • Public Management in Practice – a non-assessed series of presentations and skillsbased activities (such as negotiation skills).
    • Critical Thinking and Writing for Business Management: Literacy Development
    • Grammar in Context 1 (exclusive to SBM students)
Further information: www.qmul.ac.uk

Information for international students

Staff and students at the School of Business and Management come from more than ninety countries and from every continent. The MPA in particular is designed to meet the needs of students working in the public services from any country and welcomes applicants from around the world.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

James Boote, Recruitment and Marketing Officer
+44 (0)20 7882 8569